about abel

Abel Tabares is a professional musician born and raised in Northern New Jersey. He began his musical journey with piano lessons at the age of 9, but soon after discovered his love for drums. Abel pursued any avenue that provided him an opportunity to play including but not limited to jazz, marching, and rock bands. It was his passion and drive that would later allow him to attend the music program at the prestigious Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.


Since graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, Abel has been teaching privately while maintaining a rigorous gigging schedule as a full-time musician. He has played at many venues in the tri-state area including the Blue Note in New York City and the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, and has also toured nationally with several projects. Despite his passion for performance, he has not lost focus on passing on the knowledge that he has acquired over the years. Abel has developed a unique approach of teaching drums that fosters the interest of the student while always building the core foundations. 


Abel currently resides in Philadelphia and is in the process of releasing music this year in several original projects.



Looking for a drum instructor?

I have taught all ages and levels for more than 9 years. Whether you are a complete beginner picking sticks up for the first time or an advanced student looking for new material to work on, I can help reach your goals guaranteed. 

I am passionate about education and believe every student is unique as a musician. As a teacher I am dedicated to bringing the highest level of instruction to my students and making sure they are continuously improving. We will always work toward a specific goal catered to you. With my approach many of my students have been accepted to their schools Marching, Concert, and Jazz Bands as well as All-State Jazz Bands and All State/Regional Orchestras. 

Currently, I teach out of my personal studio space in Haddon Heights, NJ. A clean learning evniorement with two full drumsets. Just bring sticks!


I also offer In-home lessons in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Contact me at abeltab@gmail.com and set up a free consultation.

We will talk about your goals and how I can help achieve them. 

"Abel has been my drum Yoda for over 5 years. As an adult student, I've found him to be infinitely patient, exceptionally skilled, and extremely personable. He is not only a gifted drummer and teacher, but also a great guy to hang out with. I look forward to having him as my drum mentor indefinitely."  -Roger C.







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